(Closed) Dress shopping – how long did you spend at the store?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
745 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I spent 1 hour…with 6 dress choices in hand, I chose something that I never would have picked!

Post # 4
3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Probably depends on the store. I spent at least 2 hours at both of my appts in two different stores, and I probably could have kept going but I didn’t want to be a drag on the consutlant’s time. It also depends on your own shopping stamina.

Post # 5
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I was the only appointment at the time, so I only spent about a 1/2hr to 45 minutes, and I found my dress. I knew exactly what I wanted.

Post # 6
2058 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I went to three stores. At the first store I spent almost 3.5 hrs – I tried on 8 dresses and two of them I tried on about 3 times each as I loved them so much. I was at the second store b/c they had one designer that I really want to see. I was only there for about 40 min because once I tried the dresses on I wanted to I was over the store plus their help. The third store I was there for about 2 hrs – they ended up ordering the sample dress from store 1 and once it was in it took be about 1.5 hrs to try on my two “dresses in the running” at least 6 times each…..

EDIT = if you know all of the designers the store has and if you know you want to try a ton of dresses on then I would plan for 2+ hrs. If you are unsure then plan for 2 or less…

Post # 7
826 posts
Busy bee

i spent about 2.5 to 3 hrs. The sales person had me and another appointment so when i was finished with one dress and wanting to go onto the next she was mia. I think it depends on the store and how many appointments/sales people they have.

Post # 8
1250 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think it depends. They scheduled my appointment for 1 hour because I went in on a Saturday, their busiest day, and they were really trying to crank people through. Lucky for me, I didn’t even need that whole time – I ended up getting the first dress I tried on!

I personally couldn’t have handled much more than an hour…I’d just get frustrated at that point. I’d much rather either take a break for lunch/coffee, or just come back another day.

Post # 9
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

I think I spent about 2 hours – and I bought the first dress I tried on!

Post # 10
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

30-90 min. Most stores will allocate an hour for you before they move on to the next customer. I also went alone to most appointments which makes things go a lot faster.

It took me 21 stores to find my dress though…Undecided Laughing My mom and friends were starting to worry about my sanity toward the end.

Post # 11
690 posts
Busy bee

Probably about 1.5 hours.  That gave us time to discuss style/budget, search around the store a bit (with the consultant showing me some and me having to grab a couple), and try on six choices.  But I also tried on two of them a second time, and ultimately picked one (spending a few minutes trying to determine if it was *the one* and I was ready to buy that day). 

Post # 12
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I went to one store and was there about an hour. I tried on 6 dresses and my dress was the 5th I tried on. I had NO idea what I wanted when going in except for what I didnt want. I think you will be fine with allotting 1-2 hours!

Post # 13
215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I believe I took 1 1/2 hours..  the sales girl i had was really awesome to work with and pretty much found the dress I loved and I purchased the same day.

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